NSA has been afforded a far more elastic authority than before recognized

WASHINGTON: The US National Security Agency has been empowered to stop information “concerning” all but four countries globally, top-secret documents say.

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On Monday the Post reported, “The United States has long had extensive no-spying arrangements with those four nations — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.”

Still, a classified 2010 legal certification and other documents specify the NSA has been afforded a far more elastic authority than before recognized, one that allows it to stipulate through US companies, not precisely the communications of its overseas targets but any communications about its objectives as easily.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved  “Certification” and added between a lot of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden —speaks 193 countries are “of valid interest for US intelligence“.

Germany, which was shocked by revelations last year that the NSA intruded on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, as well as about broader US surveillance programs of Internet and phone communications.

Ties among Washington and Europe more broadly, as comfortably as other countries such as Brazil, have been distorted since the revelations, notwithstanding commitments from US President Barack Obama that he is ending secret taps on friendly world leaders.

Snowden, a 30-year-old former NSA contractor was given temporary asylum by Russia last August later than shaking the American intelligence establishment to its core with a series of destructing escapes on mass surveillance in the US and round the globe.

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